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It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
 

It is ridiculous for any man to criticize the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances
[Criticism]
 

It is the divinity that stirs within us. - 'Tis heaven itself that points out an hereafter, and intimates eternity to man.
 

It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.
 

It is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense passing hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards with no conversation but what is made up of a few game-phrases, and no other ideas but those of black or red spots ranged together in different figures. Would not a man laugh to hear any one of his species complaining that life is short?
 

It must be a prospect pleasing to God to see his creatures forever drawing nearer to him by greater degrees of resemblance.
 

It should be an indispensable rule in life to contract our desires to our present condition, and whatever may be our expectations to live within the compass of what we actually possess. - It will be time enough to enjoy an estate when it comes into our hands; but if we anticipate our good fortune we shall lose the pleasure of it when it arrives, and may possibly never possess what we have so foolishly counted on.
[Desire]
 

It very seldom happens that a man is slow enough in assuming the character of a husband, or a woman quick enough in condescending to that of a wife.
[Wife]
 

Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves
 

Jesters do often prove prophets.
 

Justice discards party, friendship, and kindred, and is therefore represented as blind.
[Justice]
 

Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies.
 

Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.
 

Lampoons and satires, that are written with wit and spirit, are like poisoned darts, which not only inflict a wound, but make it incurable.
[Satire]
 

Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties, and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul.
 

Learning is pedantry, wit, impertinence, virtue itself looked like weakness, and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice.
[Learning]
 

Let freedom never perish in your hands.
 

Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.
 

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
 

Man is the merriest, the most joyous of all the species of creation. - Above and below him all are serious.
[Joy]
 


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